I was one of the few in the gallery last …

Comment on Hot debate in council over youth curfew, public stays away by Hal Duell.

I was one of the few in the gallery last Monday night, and I felt the issue was discussed exhaustively.
To declare myself, I do not think a youth curfew would be a good idea in Alice simply because the destination is lacking.
Where would any offender be taken?
Who, other than the police, would be looking after them?
Once dropped off somewhere, what would keep them from walking straight back out into the night?
Under what authority would / could they be detained?
But I also did not hear a race card being played. A bit of a cheap shot, that one. As clearly stated in the motion, it would be a blanket curfew for all youth found on the streets between certain hours. There was no mention of race that I can recall before “race card” was used as an accusation against the movers and supporters of the motion.
As reported above, an interesting point was made by the Mayor when he noted that some would advocate a blanket curfew but not any of several blanket restrictions on alcohol discussed at different times by this council.
It was a good debate, and Alderman Taylor deserves credit for chairing a difficult, fractious committee meeting.

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